Directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan have said of Swiss Army Man that they wanted to “take unpalatable subject matter and make it beautiful.” (The film’s co-star is a corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe.) That challenge extended from the work of cinematographer Larkin Seiple to the grade by Sofie Borup of Deluxe’s Company 3, who colored the film in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.
“The [filmmakers] were very concerned with preserving the unique tone of the film in the grade,” the colorist explains. “They wanted everything colorful and bright, but also natural and serious.” She added a layer of real film grain, generated from an older Kodak 500T stock, on top of the digital imagery to add a subliminal filmic feel.
“You learn what the movie is about and you think it must be some kind of broad comedy,” Borup says, “but then you realize what an unusual film it really is.”